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Monday, July 18, 2011

You Look Exactly The Same!

Have you ever had someone, who you haven't seen in many years, hug you, pull back and excitedly exclaim "you look exactly the same!"
This phrase has always confused me.

Is that supposed to be a compliment? Or is it just a person telling you the first thing (crappy or not) that pops into their head when they can't think of anything else to say?

I just had someone tell me this a few weeks ago, and I hadn't seen this person since I was about, oh, maybe 14.

14! That was 20 years ago.

Ummm, OK, so I look the same as I did when I was 14? Well sure, I'm still the same person. Same skin tone. Same freckles. Same hair color (for now lol). But seriously? What am I supposed to say to that?

Um, thanks?

But here's the thing that I realized after I got over being annoyed....

I kinda do look the same.

Here's me at the homecoming dance, junior year. I was sweet sixteen, had a driver's license, was sleeping with a hot guy who had a motorcycle, his own apartment AND graduated the year before (and I don't think my mom still knows how many nights I snuck out to go see him heehee) and a great group of friends. Life was good in 1993.

See what I mean? OK, I have almost the same hair. But dammit, it's all highlights now! If I didn't dye my hair it would be dishwater-brown and grey.

Did I really just admit that?

I will always wear bangs, mostly because I have a ridiculously large forehead. To give you an idea of how big, one of the nicknames the asshole boys in jr high gave me was "elephant woman."

Seriously.

But I got my revenge on him about ten years later when I was thin, hot and bartending at a very cool sports bar. He was hitting on me, recognizing me from somewhere but couldn't remember where. Oh yeahhhh, I wish I had a picture of his face when I asked him if elephant woman rang any bells. Asswipe.

Anyway. So I've come to terms with the fact that I haven't changed a bit since high school (as they say...). *sigh*

But ladies, have you noticed that it takes three times as much effort...to look exactly the same?

So I'm working my ass off to keep up with my hair, my skin, my body, my teeth, my nails...to look like I did when I was 16? That just doesn't seem right.

Then again, I'm not sure I want to see what happens if I stop caring...I might get upset when people stop telling me I look exactly the same.

6 comments:

The Mom Jen said...

You were and still are gorgeous!

Katie said...

You are even more beautiful now!! Not because of plastic surgery and anti-wrinkle cream, but because you are mature, married, a mom and have had much more life experience. I have always thought you were model beautiful though. :) xoxo

Tasha said...

Ahhh, bless you, my dear friend, Katie! YOU are one of the few people who actually knew me back then to compare lol. Love you bunches! XOXO

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Looking good is so much friggin' work. And let me tell you, the older you get, the longer the beautification process. You look fabulous!

JenB said...

Yup, I agree with Katie- I think you also look way BETTER than you did back then, because there's a sparkle in your eyes that says "I am a woman who knows what she wants and I'm not afraid to say it!" Yeah, I love that sparkle. It's not something any surgeon can put there for you, either! :)

TTownDiva said...

It's definitely a compliment! Those high school bitches are skinny and have perfect skin.

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